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Miller stumbles, Indians fall into 2-0 ALDS hole vs Astros

By KRISTIE RIEKEN, AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — Two Octobers after sparking a reliever revolution, Andrew Miller came up empty. Miller failed to get an out in relief of starter Carlos Carrasco, allowing a go-ahead double to Marwin Gonzalez as the Cleveland Indians lost to Houston 3-1 ...

No. 3 Ohio State pulls away to beat pesky Indiana 49-26

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A week after a gritty win at Penn State, No. 3 Ohio State had to work hard again, this time to put away pesky, unranked Indiana late in the game. In doing so, Dwayne Haskins Jr. passed for a career-best 455 yards and six touchdowns — ...

Browns’ Peppers dealing with hostile fan backlash

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns defensive back Jabrill Peppers has stopped going out in public by himself after hostile confrontations with Cleveland fans. Peppers said the exchanges "happen a lot" and he knows some of the encounters are due to his lack of ...

Burfict back at practice with Bengals as suspension ends

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Bengals coach Marvin Lewis knew that linebacker Vontaze Burfict was back when he felt his feet leave the floor. Burfict, who has been suspended repeatedly in his career, rejoined the team after completing a four-game ban for violating the NFL's ...

Make-up game: Indians stars try to erase October ’17 failure

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — October's immense pressure can breed stars or break them. Last year, it cracked Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez. Dynamic from April until September, Cleveland's All-Star duo was dreadful in the postseason. "It was surprising to me," ...

October hero Davis not assured spot on Indians’ ALDS roster

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Rajai Davis has his name cemented in October baseball lore. But it might not be on Cleveland's playoff roster this year. Indians manager Terry Francona has one spot left on his 25-man roster for the AL Division Series against the Houston ...

A capsule look at the Indians-Astros playoff series

By The Associated Press A look at the best-of-five American League Division Series between the Cleveland Indians and Houston Astros: ___ Schedule: (All times EDT) Game 1, Friday, at Houston, 2:05 p.m.; Game 2, Saturday, at Houston, 4:37 p.m.; Game 3, Monday, Oct. 8, at Cleveland, TBA; x-Game ...

A look at all 16 potential World Series matchups

By NOAH TRISTER, AP Baseball Writer Familiar faces in the American League, new blood in the National League. That's one way to describe this year's postseason. The two Division Series in the AL will include the same four teams as a year ago. Meanwhile, the NL welcomes the Braves, Brewers and ...

4 rookie QBs starting the same week is NFL rarity

By ROB MAADDI, AP Pro Football Writer Four rookie quarterbacks started in the same week for only the second time in NFL history in Week 4. None of them earned a win. Cleveland's Baker Mayfield and Arizona's Josh Rosen came close. Both of their teams lost by a field goal. Buffalo's Josh Allen ...

AP Top 25 Heat Check: Ohio St too low; More love of Kentucky

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer The AP Top 25 voters need to start getting more creative when filling out the final spots on their ballots. The top of The Associated Press college football poll is not all that tricky to figure out after a month of the season. Orders may differ, ...

James captivates crowd in his Los Angeles Lakers debut

By BERNIE WILSON, AP Sports Writer SAN DIEGO (AP) — LeBron James rubbed his hands in chalk powder at the scorer's table, yelled "Yes!" to ecstatic fans in the first few rows and the Los Angeles Lakers' new era was underway. Playing in the same arena where Magic Johnson made his ...

Raiders steal game from Browns with 45-42 OT win

By JOSH DUBOW, AP Pro Football Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — As much as the Oakland Raiders felt like they might have let a couple of winnable games slip away to start this season, they might have stolen one away from the Cleveland Browns to spoil Baker Mayfield's first career start. Derek ...

No. 4 Ohio State, No. 9 Penn State to light up Happy Valley

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer When Ohio State plays at Penn State, Happy Valley glows. For the third straight meeting between the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium, the game will be played at night and Penn State is going into whiteout mode — 107,000 fans, pretty ...

Donaldson powers 10-run inning, Indians beat Royals 14-6

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — This is the Josh Donaldson the Cleveland Indians were hoping for after rolling the dice in an Aug. 31 trade with the Toronto Blue Jays. Donaldson, a former AL MVP, hit a grand slam and double during a 10-run seventh inning, powering the Indians past the Kansas City ...

Bieber perfect on the road as Indians beat White Sox 10-2

By PATRICK ROSE, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Shane Bieber is going to be an asset in the postseason one way or the other. Bieber remained perfect on the road with six scoreless innings, Francisco Lindor led off the game with a home run and the Cleveland Indians beat up the Chicago White ...

Mayfield brings brash ‘walk it, talk it’ edge to Browns

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Baker Mayfield dragged more than a Heisman Trophy with him into the NFL. There was other baggage, including a well-earned reputation as being cocky, fiery, brash and over-the-top. He hasn't changed much. And that's what the Browns love ...

Fillmyer masterful on mound in Royals’ 6-1 win over Reds

CINCINNATI (AP) — Talk about finishing with a flourish. Rookie Heath Fillmyer struck out a career-high nine, collected his first major league hit and run batted in, and the Kansas City Royals wrapped up their road schedule with a 6-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night. The ...

Stage set for another thriller between Ohio St, Penn St

By ERIC OLSON, AP College Football Writer Here's what to watch in the Big Ten this week: GAME OF THE WEEK No. 4 Ohio State at No. 9 Penn State The highest-scoring teams in the nation meet Saturday night in State College, Pennsylvania, and the winner will gain the inside track in the Big Ten ...

Haskins’ profile on the rise with another big game on tap

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Dwayne Haskins Jr. got a phone call from coach Urban Meyer on Saturday night, hours after the quarterback bullied Tulane in a performance that turned up the volume of talk about his potential Heisman Trophy candidacy. Meyer wanted to ...

Pick(ed) 6: Browns name rookie Baker Mayfield starting QB

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Baker Mayfield's heard all about the Browns' quarterback misery, the horrid history of failures and flops since 1999. From Tim Couch to Jeff Garcia to Derek Anderson to Johnny Manziel and so many others, 29 quarterbacks have started in ...